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Three Tips to Avoid Drilling a Dry Well

Summary: Before you plan to drill for a new well, it is wise to conduct a groundwater survey on your property. Rather than potentially drilling a series of dry wells in an attempt to hit water, seismoelectric technology will tell you the depth and yield of the groundwater, before the drillers arrive.

Unless you live in a densely populated area, you may rely upon aquifers, or groundwater, to produce clean, fresh water via wells. The last thing that you want to do if you are drilling a well is to discover too late that the well is dry. There are precautions that you can take in order to avoid drilling a dry well, which will save you valuable time and money. If your only source of clean, fresh drinking water is groundwater, be sure to follow these three tips to avoid drilling in an area that does not produce a large enough water yield.

  1. Find Water Before You Begin Drilling

When you hire water well drillers, they get paid by the foot, whether they find water or not. This is not the ideal situation to be in when digging for a new well, as you can spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars, with little to show for it. Drilling test wells or dry wells is not cost-effective, nor is it the easiest option. If you are planning for a new well, consider conducting a groundwater survey on your property instead. Seismoelectrics is the best technique to find groundwater, for more cost-conscious well users. By comparing the cost of drilling one dry well to the cost of a groundwater survey, you can quickly see which is the most affordable method of finding water.

  1. Know the Depth and Yield of Your Groundwater

Advanced seismoelectric survey instruments allow water well seekers to detect water. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and the yield is estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second. Seismic exploration sees the fluids in rock and soil, therefore geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all considered during the groundwater survey. The GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument is just one tool used during the exploration of groundwater sources. This instrument detects electrical signals, generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. The depth from which the signals originate, as well as the quality of the aquifer, can also be estimated. Today’s highly technological practices of finding groundwater produces much more reliable and credible results.

  1. Only Trust the Best in Water Surveying Technology

In the past, it was believed that the only way to find groundwater was by using a “water witch” or “dowser”, who were basically magicians. Holding a Y-shaped twig or metal rods held in both hands, with one branch facing downwards, the diviner walks over the spot where groundwater is likely to be discovered. If the twig wavers or drops down, the water source is reputed to be below. Rather than relying on magic, the most effective method for locating groundwater supplies before you begin to drill is based in science. Not all water well companies have the same level of expertise. American Water Surveyors is dedicated to being the premier service provider in the water finding industry. We have completed over 600 ground water surveys in 21 states. We use the world’s most cutting-edge technology to measure both groundwater depths and yields. Contact us today to learn more.

August 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • November 1, 2017 at 8:57 amDeb Pearl

    My husband and I have been considering getting a well for our home, we have never had a well before and don’t know what we should do. That is good to know that if we hire a driller they get paid by the food, whether they find water or not. Finding water before we hire a drill would be the best thing to do then! Thank you for the information!

    • November 1, 2017 at 9:13 amGerald Burden

      Thank you for the kind words Deb.

      Best regards,


  • December 14, 2017 at 8:13 amDerek Dewitt

    My wife and I are wanting to get a water well built on our property, but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you mention how advanced seismoelectric survey instruments can be used to find water underground. We’ll have to find a survey team that can do this for us so we can find potential spots to start drilling. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 14, 2017 at 11:58 amGerald Burden

      Hi Derek. Thank you for your comments. Our company has conducted groundwater surveys in 22 states so it’s very possible you would be within our service area. Should you need further information please call our toll free number 877-734-7661, my extension is 5. Or you can email me directly at gerald@wefindwater.com.

      Best regards,

      Gerald Burden

  • February 19, 2018 at 5:52 pmElsa Anderson

    My partner had always wanted a water well in our backyard. Knowing that having our yard surveyed first for water will be helpful to avoid finding dry wells will surely save us a lot. This should make it easier for us to have this water well made for our garden. Hopefully, we could find the best surveyor and contractor for this. Thanks!

    • February 20, 2018 at 3:50 pmGerald Burden

      Hi Elsa, thank you for your comment. You might want to consider purchasing my book and DVD if you would like learn more about drilling a water well. This link will give you more info http://www.wefindwater.com/BookInfo.html
      Best regards,
      Gerald Burden

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